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Old 05-07-2013, 07:03 PM   #2236
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We just dropped June 8th from our reservation for a studio, if anyone wants it. :0)
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:02 PM   #2237
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I've been crunching some numbers, looking at our points and upcoming vacation plans into next year.

I can't believe it, but I guess it makes some sense after all, because we can swing a GV for 3 nights on an upcoming stay. It will probably be a once in a lifetime thing, since the main reason we can do it is because our resale contract we recently closed on was pretty loaded. So instead of our usual borrowing status, we have extra points!

So. On line booking show the dates we want are available for all room types, including the GV. It's still outside the 7 month window so that's good.

Question is - which GV should I request, if I have a choice? I THINK the one facing the park is HA while the one facing the pool is not. We don't need a HA room, and in fact, when we had one a few years ago (a 1 bedroom at OKW) we didn't like it as much as the other rooms.

If I'm correct, are there big differences between the HA GV and the other as far as the changes made to MAKE it HA?

For those of you who have stayed in GV at VGC, which would you pick and why?

I know this was a ramble, but the stars are aligning, what with the extra points available and another family of close friends being available for these dates, making a GV both doable and realistic (there will be 9 of us).

And if I have a choice, I'd like to be able to at least make the right request even though I know it's just that - a request.
We have stayed in BOTH Grand Villas @ VGC and they are both great BUT if the view is the most important to you or your guests then try for the view!
The view side is HA and is not that big of a deal but I DID have to get use to the beautiful shower not being there in our master bathroom or that the kitchen is a bit smaller. All those things mean nothing when you get THE VIEW!!! the BEST IMO My guest were in TOTAL AWE when they stood at the front door & just dropped their bags when they saw the Mickey wheel all lit up at night!! The noise from the park is also not a big deal if you shut the sliding glass doors. Saw WOC 6 times and by that 6th time we just kept the door open to hear it but had a poker game going on at the large dining table! The pool side is nice and you get the view facing the cabanas so we got to see a private party for what I think may have been for Adam Sandler's kid! Not 100% sure but it was during the time of the last Pirates movie premiere! Either grand villa is fine but for obvious reasons the VIEW wins my vote!! I'm MAYBE thinking of having a double graduation party in the Grand villa for my kids in 2015 or for a Thanksgiving dinner! We are only 20 minutes away so bringing food HAS NOT been any problems for us or our guests! Whichever you choose should be AWESOME! ENJOY!!!
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:05 PM   #2238
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Sorry just looked at my message and noticed a little red mad face at the top left hand corner which I DID NOT ADD so please disregard that little red mad face in the corner.
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Old 05-08-2013, 01:40 PM   #2239
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Sorry just looked at my message and noticed a little red mad face at the top left hand corner which I DID NOT ADD so please disregard that little red mad face in the corner.
We did in fact book the GV with the views. Thanks for your input. We're keeping the details a secret from our friends whom we are bringing so we're hoping for that exact reaction you described. They have 4 youngish kids and I know they will be floored when they see the views.

One question - does the GV have entrances on both floors?
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:52 PM   #2240
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...One question - does the GV have entrances on both floors?
Yes.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:44 PM   #2241
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Smile New Vgc owners!

So excited, we are finally owners at vgc. Just received our title today. Bought direct at Aulani earlier in the year and resale vgc recently.
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:15 PM   #2242
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So excited, we are finally owners at vgc. Just received our title today. Bought direct at Aulani earlier in the year and resale vgc recently.
Congrats!! How many points were you able to get resale? Who did you go thru? We are looking to add on to our 100 that we have there.
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:32 PM   #2243
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Congrats!! How many points were you able to get resale? Who did you go thru? We are looking to add on to our 100 that we have there.
Thanks! We bought 100 points through TSS. We paid the full asking of $115. Contracts have been going fast at vgc so we didn't want to chance losing it. We are in Canada so didn't even have the option of buying direct (our Province doesn't allow Disney to sell here). Saved lots of $$ buying resale.
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:28 PM   #2244
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Thanks! We bought 100 points through TSS. We paid the full asking of $115. Contracts have been going fast at vgc so we didn't want to chance losing it. We are in Canada so didn't even have the option of buying direct (our Province doesn't allow Disney to sell here). Saved lots of $$ buying resale.
Congrats! Hope to one day convince the hubby that we need to buy!!
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Old 05-10-2013, 03:43 AM   #2245
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My husband has injured his leg and it looks like we will probably have to cancel our 5 nights in a studio starting on Sunday. If the leg is not better by tomorrow, I will be cancelling in the afternoon. Hopefully some one will be able to take an unexpected last minute trip.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:21 PM   #2246
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My husband has injured his leg and it looks like we will probably have to cancel our 5 nights in a studio starting on Sunday. If the leg is not better by tomorrow, I will be cancelling in the afternoon. Hopefully some one will be able to take an unexpected last minute trip.
Oh no! Hope he's feeling better! I wish I could snag that reservation!
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:24 PM   #2247
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We did in fact book the GV with the views. Thanks for your input. We're keeping the details a secret from our friends whom we are bringing so we're hoping for that exact reaction you described. They have 4 youngish kids and I know they will be floored when they see the views.
We just got back from a trip to the VGC. We stayed two nights in a studio (1504) followed by 4 nights in a grand villa! We don't own at VGC, and so had to book at 7 months. We checked in to the studio last Friday (May 3) close to midnight, so I was not at all surprised to get a less than prime room location. I am always hopeful, but try to be realistic about such things so I don't get disappointed. We were pleasantly suprised with studio 1504, since even though the view is minimal, we could still hear all of the "happy sounds" from Paradise Pier. It was great!

We had also planned to have a Cinco de Mayo party in the grand villa on Sunday; we had 13 guests in total and the villa was more than enough space for our group! When I booked the grand villa, the thought never occurred to me to check the box for "search for HA accomodations." So we basically just had to rely on luck and ended up with the pool-view grand villa (4513). It was beautiful and our families just loved it. We loved the master bathroom, and I think I would miss the way the beautiful shower is layed out in that master. Plus we did use the kitchen for cooking quite a bit, so it was nice to have the standard kitchen layout.

All things considered -- I would probably have still preferred the grand villa with the awesome view. But I knew our chances were 50-50 and we were delighted in any case. I really doubt there is a better place anywhere in either Disneyland or WDW to spend some quality family time. It really is great for everyone to have their own space. You will not be disappointed!
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:00 PM   #2248
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We just got back from a trip to the VGC. We stayed two nights in a studio (1504) followed by 4 nights in a grand villa! We don't own at VGC, and so had to book at 7 months. We checked in to the studio last Friday (May 3) close to midnight, so I was not at all surprised to get a less than prime room location. I am always hopeful, but try to be realistic about such things so I don't get disappointed. We were pleasantly suprised with studio 1504, since even though the view is minimal, we could still hear all of the "happy sounds" from Paradise Pier. It was great!

We had also planned to have a Cinco de Mayo party in the grand villa on Sunday; we had 13 guests in total and the villa was more than enough space for our group! When I booked the grand villa, the thought never occurred to me to check the box for "search for HA accomodations." So we basically just had to rely on luck and ended up with the pool-view grand villa (4513). It was beautiful and our families just loved it. We loved the master bathroom, and I think I would miss the way the beautiful shower is layed out in that master. Plus we did use the kitchen for cooking quite a bit, so it was nice to have the standard kitchen layout.

All things considered -- I would probably have still preferred the grand villa with the awesome view. But I knew our chances were 50-50 and we were delighted in any case. I really doubt there is a better place anywhere in either Disneyland or WDW to spend some quality family time. It really is great for everyone to have their own space. You will not be disappointed!
Any chance you have some photos of that minimal view to post over at this thread? - Villas at Disney's Grand Californian - Room Views
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:34 PM   #2249
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floribr1,
Awesome for getting a grand villa for 4 nights!!! That's exactly how many nights WE stayed in that SAME GV back in 2011!! The space in both GV's are spectacular!!
So glad to hear you all had a great time!!
Now looking foward to hearing how Breyean enjoys their time in the Grand Villa!
We had our stay there (not the grand villa) just last month @ VGC but missing it SO MUCH already as I was driving by there yesterday!
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:25 PM   #2250
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Just wondering where exactly is the laundry room? We will be in a studio.
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